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Lightning Review

Beauties by Marguerite Bennett

Beauties

Beauties is a one-shot comic by Marguerite Bennett, with art by Trungles and lettering by Rachel Deering. It’s a simply gorgeous art nouveau inspired fairytale that turns the Beauty and the Beast story into a completely fresh parable about love. In this story, instead of the Beast capturing Beauty, Beauty’s father, who has three daughters, captures The Beast. The first daughter makes him a pet. The second daughter makes him a slave. But the third daughter asks … Continue reading Beauties by Marguerite Bennett

Book Review

Investigating Lois Lane by Tim Hanley

Investigating Lois Lane

Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet’s Ace Reporter is a very well written, well-researched book by Tim Hanley, who also wrote Wonder Woman Unbound. It’s a fascinating look at comic book culture, how women are depicted in comics, and what happens when a female character is written almost exclusively by men. It’s also a book that pissed me the hell off (because of what the book described, not because of any … Continue reading Investigating Lois Lane by Tim Hanley

Book Review

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls ed. by Hope Nicholson

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is an anthology that combines prose writing, illustrations, and short comics by many different authors. All of the entries explore the ways in which women who identify as geeks experience romance. There are countless variations on this theme – some people write about their first crush, some about a divorce, some about how fan fiction shaped the way they talk about sexuality. The general theme is romance but the … Continue reading The Secret Loves of Geek Girls ed. by Hope Nicholson

Book Review

Comics and Sequential Art by Will Eisner

Comics and Sequential Art

Back in November 2015, I reviewed Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud. At the time, a lot of people suggested that I read Comics and Sequential Art by Will Eisner, and I’m so glad they did. Understanding Comics is a wonderful Comics 101 course and Comics and Sequential Art kicks it up to the next level. Comics and Sequential Art presumes that the reader has a working definition of what a comic is and that the reader has … Continue reading Comics and Sequential Art by Will Eisner

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur by Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1

If the post-holiday doldrums have set in, cheer yourself up by reading Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, the new Marvel comic by Brandon Montclaire and Amy Reeder. In this comic, a brilliant African American tween girl named Lunella tries to use science (Inspector Gadget style) to avoid becoming an Inhuman. The Inhuman thing is part of the new Marvel mythos, but don’t worry about it – the point is that she’s super smart, she’s into … Continue reading Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur by Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder

Book Review

The Infinite Loop by Pierrick Colinet and Elsa Charretier

The Infinite Loop #1

The Infinite Loop is a comic book series consisting of six issues. The limited number of issues allows for a single, contained story with a happy ending that should make romance readers very happy. The last issue was released on September 30th, 2015, so you can get that nice satisfying feeling of eating up all the issues at once, if, like me, you’re a comics binger. The comic is a romance between two women, and … Continue reading The Infinite Loop by Pierrick Colinet and Elsa Charretier

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Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Monstress #1

Monstress is a new comic by Marjorie Liu and artist Sana Takeda. It’s a fantasy story set in an alternate version of China in the early 1900s. In this world, humans keep ‘Archanics,’ non-humans, as slaves, and they fear ‘Monstras:’ “unnerving, but harmless, apparitions.” A young woman, Maika, who looks human, has a psychic connection to a supernatural force. She uses this link to try to get revenge on her oppressors – but she might … Continue reading Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Book Review

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Understanding Comics

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud totally blew my mind. This book is fun and easy to read but so incredibly helpful in showing the reader how comics work. Because the technical aspects of comics work on the reader subconsciously, I was unaware of how much difference can be made by things like the shape and spacing of a panel. This book has enriched my comic book reading life immeasurably. McCloud’s book is a Comics 101 … Continue reading Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Book Review

Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro

Bitch Planet Volume 1

I just read Bitch Planet: Extraordinary Machine and now I want to run through the mall shrieking, “NON-COMPLIANT! NON-COMPLIANT!” at the top of my lungs. This comic is a huge rush and I adored it. I love comics, but I prefer to binge them rather than read one issue at a time, so I’m a little late to the Bitch Planet party (I was waiting for the first collected volume, which came out in October). … Continue reading Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro

Book Review

Vixens, Vamps, and Vipers: Lost Villainesses of Golden Age Comics by Mike Madrid

Vixens, Vamps, & Vipers

Mike Madrid is an author who has written several books (all of which are on my TBR) about women in Golden Age Comics. Let me tell you, there were a lot of Smart Bitches in those early comics, and this particular book, about Golden Age villainesses, tells you all about them. The Golden Age of Comics doesn’t have definitive beginning and ending dates, but it more or less began in 1938 when Superman made his … Continue reading Vixens, Vamps, and Vipers: Lost Villainesses of Golden Age Comics by Mike Madrid

Book Review

Archie Comics: The Reboot

Betty in a ballcap holding up a dress in front of the mirror with another dress over her arm, her lips pursed to the side. Around the edge of the mirror are pictures and mementos of her relationship with archie

I have a lot going on in my world right now. We’re moving from Jersey to (most likely) Maryland, so my brain is overtaxed with lists. So many lists. Lists that give birth to their own lists, all of them color-coded with various highlighters, and organized in a constantly shifting order of importance. In fact, this description from Devil’s Bride best captures my brain right now: “Within minutes, she was immersed in lists—initial lists, then … Continue reading Archie Comics: The Reboot

Book Review

Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, and Noelle Stevenson

Lumberjanes Vol. 1

Lumberjanes is one of those comics that everyone says I should read. Well, I got my hands on Volume One, and then I bought every other issue I could snag at the time (I made it through Issue #17) and I can officially say that all those people are right – you should read Lumberjanes, not because it is feminist and LGBT positive (although that’s awesome), but because it is so much fun. Lumberjanes is about … Continue reading Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, and Noelle Stevenson

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